Valve has announced that it will have to delay its docking station due to a shortage of parts and the closure of COVID at its production facilities. The company says it is working to improve the situation, but has nothing more to say. Fortunately, the delay doesn’t seem to affect the Steam Deck console, as it is produced in another factory.
Steam Deck Valve was a popular item, and pre-order honors are promised for some time after October 2022. Unfortunately, there is now a delay with the Steam Deck Docking Station accessory. Originally scheduled to make its retail debut in late spring 2022, it has now been postponed indefinitely.
As a bit of a liner, Valve quietly upgraded the docking station in late April, making a number of improvements to the unreleased dock. Initially, the unit had a USB-A 3.1 port, two USB-A 2.0 ports and an Ethernet port. With the update, the new model will offer three USB-A 3.1 ports and an upgrade to a Gigabit Ethernet port. Valve also said it will improve the dock and its compatibility with USB-C hubs and external displays.
While this may sound like bad news, the company had some good news before this announcement. Valve has announced the official release of audio drivers for Windows 10 and Windows 11. It has also launched a partnership with iFixit, providing replacement parts and repair guides for the console. Finally, a stable version of SteamOS 3.2 made its way to consoles, giving users the ability to reduce the refresh rate of the console to 40 Hz, along with better fan control through the operating system itself.
No new timeline for the launch of the docking station is known at this time. In addition, Valve has not yet committed to a price per device. We hope to receive an update in the coming months, giving Steam Deck owners some more clarity on the future of the accessory.